Updates From Our 2023 Annual General Meeting
These are the bullet points from the “President’s Report” at our 2023 AGM:
Bird Walks continue to be very well attended and our most important form of public outreach.
Spring Bird Festival: 2022 was not an anomaly. We should expect and plan for festival attendance to grow every year. CCFEW’s role is becoming more that of a coordinator. Registration is now a thing of the past.
Long Branch Tree Festival: We were unable to attend in 2023 due to multiple infirmities, but the festival is already approved for 2024.
Road Ends: Miles Road Parkette was closed for most of the year, finally reopening at double its original size. Still more work to be done here replacing benches, gardens, etc. Still silence from the City regarding the status of properties at Third & Fourth Streets.
Etobicoke Creek Dam: “...it’s not so much the disagreement on cost as it is the cost itself. The design will be finalized very soon, but looks like it’s going to come in quite expensive. The good news is we’ve [TRCA] submitted a funding request in hopes of getting the project fully funded. We’ll keep our fingers crossed on that one, but in the meantime, we’re [TRCA] continuing down the road of finalizing our design, getting all our permits in hand in hopes of beginning to implement later this year or Spring 2025.”
Bonnar Creek Wetland / Stormwater Management Facility: no news
Development: In the climate of the housing shortage, developers can get almost anything they want. There are three major developments on or adjacent to the waterfront in various stages of approval:
- The former Christies bakery site is in the final stages of approval for Phase 1. The first phase includes a new GO station at Parklawn. The transportation master plan associated with this development includes several new roads and road road alignments including the long-promised Legion Road extension. Parkland dedication associated with development is minimal at best.
- Condo development beside Amos Waites Park still appears likely to take a chunk out of the park. Hearing pending at the Ontario Land Tribunal.
- Condo application opposite Longbranch Park This application proposes to replace the five 7-storey buildings with nine towers ranging from 12, 14 and 30 storeys. 548 rental units will be replaced by 2,021 units (mainly condos).